Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Las Vegas and is now accepting applications for admission to the spring semester, which begins Jan. 5, 2015. The Las Vegas campus is Chamberlain’s first in Nevada and 15th in the nation.

“Nevada consistently lags behind other states in the number of nurses per capita,” said Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03). “As a physician, I know well the positive impact nurses have on quality of care and patient outcomes. The opening of the new Chamberlain College of Nursing campus will help meet the increasing healthcare demands of our community and offer Nevadans a great option to launch into the nursing profession. I welcome Chamberlain to district three and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Nurses are in high demand in Nevada; the state has the nation’s fourth-lowest number of registered nurses per 100,000 people at 724.7, far lower than the national average of 920.9. 1 Further accelerating a need for nurses is the state’s growing population of residents over age 65, which is projected to nearly double by 2020. 2 Additionally, healthcare is Nevada’s fastest-growing industry. From 2002 to 2012, the state’s healthcare and social assistance sector led all industries in total job development, adding more than 30,000 jobs. 3 Nevada healthcare employers are projected to add 13,527 jobs by 2020. 4 Chamberlain’s Las Vegas campus increases access to education for prospective nurses interested in entering this booming industry.

“Chamberlain students will play a crucial role in alleviating the nursing shortage and increasing access to care for vulnerable, aging populations in Nevada,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain provides a superior nursing education to prepare extraordinary nurses who can make a positive impact on Nevada’s healthcare system.”

Located in northwest Las Vegas at 9901 Covington Cross Drive, Chamberlain’s new campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program that can be completed in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off. The campus features Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER™, which provides high-tech simulated patient care in clinical learning environments, and a Center for Academic Success, which delivers comprehensive academic resources and support for students. The education experience is grounded in Chamberlain Care, an approach that includes a unique student academic success model. Through extraordinary student care, students are empowered to achieve their career goals and to deliver exceptional patient care.

The Las Vegas campus dean, Judith Hightower, PhD, MEd, RN, has more than 25 years of academic and clinical experience. Dr. Hightower previously served as dean of academic operations for Chamberlain’s Phoenix campus and as visiting professor in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program. Dr. Hightower’s professional accomplishments in academia include serving as the director of nursing at Fortis College, clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University and clinical adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University College of Nursing. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from University of Arizona, a Master of Science degree in community health nursing from Arizona State University and a Master of Education degree from Northern Arizona University. She also holds a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Arizona.

Open houses for prospective students will be held at the Las Vegas campus on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4-7 p.m. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Las Vegas campus or to RSVP, visit

About Chamberlain College of Nursing

For 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.

Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( HLC is one of the eight regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.

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1 Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions. National Center for Health Workforce Analysis: The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education, April 2013. Web.

2 Administration on Aging: Projected Future Growth of the Older Population. Web.

3 Office of Health Professions Research and Policy Office of Statewide Initiatives University of Nevada School of Medicine. Health Workforce in Nevada, 2013 Edition. Web.

4 Office of Health Professions Research and Policy Office of Statewide Initiatives University of Nevada School of Medicine. Health Workforce in Nevada, 2013 Edition. Web.

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